Albuquerque Heading Home

Albuquerque Heading Home

Individuals And Family Members Housed

Albuquerque Heading Home, a program of the New Mexico based non-profit Heading Home, is a Housing First collaboration of public, private and non-profit organizations who united in 2011 to end homelessness for individuals who have been chronically homeless and are medically vulnerable. More than 800 individuals and their family members have been placed in permanent supportive housing since the Albuquerque Heading Home initiative started in 2011.

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Data / Research
In 2016, the University of New Mexico’s Institute for Social Research finished a 3-year cost study analysis of the Albuquerque Heading Home program. They found that the overall impact of the program saved millions of tax-payer dollars and had substantial positive outcomes for our clients including:



  • The average savings to the 320 AHH clients eligible for the study resulted in a 2-3 years savings of $4,712,960.
  • For every $1.00 spent the program realized $1.78 in benefits. The return on investment is positive.
  • Study group members emergency room costs decreased by 76.8% 2-3 years after they were admitted to the program.
  • Ambulance and emergency rescue costs declined from $108,462 or 32.1% 2-3 years after study group members we
  • Jail costs decreased 55.7% after housing in the 2-3 year study period.
  • Hospital inpatient costs decreased by 55.9% in the 2-3 year study period.

To view the full study, or a brief of the report, please click the links below:

To read more about the study, please see the following UNM news piece:

UNM research reveals big benefits to housing homeless population: Study shows housing homeless actually saves money

Key Partners
The Albuquerque Heading Home (AHH) initiative emerged out of the Community Response to Homelessness in Albuquerque, a plan developed in 2007 by New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness. It launched through collaborative efforts by the City of Albuquerque, multi-agency non-profit leadership and community business leaders. Heading Home provides the coordination and organizational structure to AHH which is designed to eliminate homelessness through community engagement across public and private sectors.



Key partners include:

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